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Heat exhaustion vs. heat stroke: Know the signs and symptoms

Know the warning signs of heat-related illness.

Posted: Jun 23, 2020 11:16 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Temperatures will soar into the 90s today, making it one of the hottest days of the summer so far.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), heat-related illness is the number one cause of weather-related deaths in the United States, claiming an average of 130 lives per year.

It’s important to know the warning signs of heat-related illness. There are two different types of illnesses that have clear symptoms that shouldn’t be avoided: heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke is the worst of the two.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has highlighted what to look out for and what to do if you think you might have one of these.

Heat exhaustion:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headache
  • Excessive sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Fainting (passing out)
  • Tiredness/weakness

What to do:

  • Move to a cooler place
  • Sip water
  • Put cool/wet cloths on your body
  • Take a cool bath

Heat stroke:

  • Body temperature 103° or higher
  • Hot, red, dry, or damp skin
  • Fast/strong pulse
  • Confusion
  • Loss of consciousness

What to do:

  • Call 911 right away
  • DO NOT give the person anything to drink
  • Move the person to a cooler place
  • Lower the person’s body temperature with a cool cloth/cool bath

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